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The Arts & Happenings November 2017


Friendship, by Clemente Garcia-Lassaulx.

THE JUNG CENTER PRESENTS IT’S NOT A DREAM BY CLEMENTE GARCIA-LASSAULX, NOV. 1-DEC. 19

Clemente Garcia-Lassaulx teaches in his Montrose studio, helping many students turn their visions into works of art. This fall, Clemente will exhibit his own personal visions in a series of new abstract paintings on view at The Jung Center Gallery.

In It’s Not a Dream, Clemente combines oil and acrylic to create shapes and colors that unify these often distinctly used materials. Each painting is an encounter of differences, brought together to reveal their potential harmony.

For more than 50 years, The Jung Center has served as a nonprofit resource offering dynamic and compelling classes – “continuing education for the human spirit” – on a diverse range of psychological, artistic, and intellectual topics.

The Jung Center’s building was originally designed as an art gallery and mounts approximately nine exhibits of work by both established and emerging artists each year. The Jung Center is an active member of the Houston Museum District. Admission to the gallery and opening receptions is free and open to the public. This exhibit will be on display from Nov. 1-Dec. 19 at the Jung Center, 5200 Montrose Blvd. The public is invited to a gallery reception on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 5-7 p.m.

For more information, visit junghouston.org.

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BE AN ANGEL TO HOST DESIGNER PURSE BINGO, NOV. 2

Be An Angel is hosting Designer Purse Bingo on Thursday, Nov. 2, at Life HTX, 2512 Woodhead from 6-9 p.m. The evening will include drinks, hors d’oeuvres and raffle prizes. Seating is limited to 200 ladies.

The evening includes 20 different bingo games. Each game winner will win a high-dollar designer purse. Ten games will be played for purses valued between $250 to $1,000 and five games for very high-end purses valued at $1,500 and up. The games will be called by professional bingo caller Marty Drake who also has a special needs child.

Some of the purses lined up and ready for the games include Furla Bags, Trina Turk, Michael Kors, Elaine Turner, Kate Spade and Louis Vuitton.

Individual tickets are $100 including two bingo cards. Sponsorship levels include name recognition on all promotional material.

For additional information, contact Barbara Heim at 281-219-3313 or Barbara@BeAnAngel.org.

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CHOCOLATE, CHAMPAGNE, AND CHARITY, NOV. 3

Chocolate, Champagne, and Charity 2017, sponsored by HGI Counseling Center, is scheduled for Nov. 3 from 6:30-9 p.m. at The Wynden, 1025 Post Oak Ln.

The event will honor the Houston Texans’ Whitney Mercilus, who is best known for his great plays on the field. Mercilus is very active in the Houston community and works just as hard to change the lives of children and their families. For that reason, HGI has selected Mercilus as its 2017 Champion of Change.

The schedule of events is as follows:

6-6:30 p.m. – VIP Reception with Whitney Mercilus, sponsors only

6:30-7:30 p.m. – Champagne Reception

7:45 p.m. – Dinner (Catered by Masraff’s resturant)

9 p.m. – Program

10 p.m. – Cognac and Chocolate on the Patio

For sponsorship information and tickets, call 713-526-8390.

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Renee Fleming

SOCIETY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS PRESENTS RENÉE FLEMING, NOV. 4

Four-time Grammy-Award-winner Renée Fleming will captivate Houston with her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry and compelling stage presence when she performs at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, Saturday, Nov. 4. at 7 p.m.

Fifty patrons will have a chance to meet Renée on-stage for a fabulous dinner catered by Jackson and Company, and décor by Rebekah Johnson of Bergner & Johnson.

VIP dinner tickets are $300. For tickets or more information, call 713-227-4772 or visit spahouston.org.

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Bagpipes, Scottish and Highland Dancers, as well as the best British baked goods this side of the pond are offered at the 44th annual British Festival.

44TH ANNUAL BRITISH FESTIVAL, NOV. 4

The 44th British Festival opens on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. -4 p.m. at 1 Fluor Daniel Drive, Sugar Land, to the sounds of the magnificent Houston Highlander Pipe Band and the smell of home baked scones and biscuits. This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a traditional British fete without making the trip across the Atlantic. Stands are packed with homemade cakes, jellies, jams and chutneys. Wonderful themed baskets are laden with goods. There are even gourmet dog biscuits, handmade dog beds, Christmas cakes and puddings, T-shirts and beautifully presented sweets that make for perfect hostess gifts or Christmas presents.

There is entertainment for all the family, from Scottish and Highland Dancers to the Houston British International School a Capella Choir, from Tiny the Clown to Joel the Magician, and more. And after the shopping and entertainment, relax in the pub or the tea room (offering traditional afternoon tea).

The British Festival is run by the Daughters of the British Empire. Funds raised are disrupted between different charities that are chosen yearly by the DBE.

Ticket are $5 and the event is free for children under 12. For more information, visit dbetexas.org or call 832-640-7954.

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(L-R): Trio Settecento – John Mark Rozendaal, Baroque ‘cello; Rachel Barton Pine, violin; and David Schrader, harpsichord.

HOUSTON EARLY MUSIC ANNOUNCES A SEASON OF MAJESTY, MYTH AND MYSTERY

Houston Early Music will bring the vitality, adventure and beauty of long-ago eras to life in coming months when it presents its 2017-2018 concert series. “A Season of Majesty, Myth and Mystery,” will feature five renowned early music ensembles dedicated to showcasing music from the Renaissance through the 18th century – with instruments and styles true to those periods.

“We’re excited to be able to offer programs from so many distant times and places this season,” said Nancy Ellis, artistic director of Houston Early Music. “Each program evokes a powerful sense of the culture that inspired it. Our selections will range from a program inspired by Greek mythology to music from early Latin America to a collection of violin sonatas that span the career of Handel.”

Houston Early Music continues its commitment to its ongoing Hispanic Heritage Series this season and, as part of its educational outreach initiative, all performances will feature a discussion program with the ensemble members prior to the concerts.

Es Délices – Myths and Allegories – 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4930 West Bellfort Blvd.

Hispanic Heritage Series: El Mundo ­– Cathedrals, Monasteries & Missions – Featuring Spanish Musical Gems from the New World – 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, at Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Ave.

Trio Settecento – Handel’s Violin – A Main-Stage Concert of the 2018 Houston Early Music Festival featuring the music of George Frideric Handel – 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2353 Rice Blvd.

Boston Baroque – Heinrich Biber’s Mystery Sonatas – 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Shepherd School of Music’s Duncan Recital Hall at Rice University.

For more information, full season subscriptions and individual tickets, visit HoustonEarlyMusic.org.

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Luke Haynes, “Log Cabins” series, 2016. Used textiles, thread, wool batting, sheets. 90 x 90 inches.

HANDS-ON HOUSTON FAMILY FESTIVAL FOCUS ON FIBER!,NOV. 4

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC), 4848 Main Street, is hosting the seventh annual Hands-On Houston Family Festival, a free community event, on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Families and visitors of all ages are invited to this fun day of indoor/outdoor activities. This year, HCCC celebrates fiber with hands-on activities, demonstrations by local artists, and more.

Visitors to the event will learn about various techniques for working with fiber; have fun with hands-on activities, such as wet felting and sewing; see live demonstrations by Houston-area fiber artists; view the fall exhibitions in HCCC galleries: Storyline: The Contemporary Quilt and For Hire: Contemporary Sign Painting in America; shop for one-of-a-kind gifts and home décor in the Asher Gallery; and enjoy food and refreshments on-site from local food trucks. The HCCC parking lot will be blocked off for activities and food trucks, but street parking is available nearby. For more information, call 713-529-4848 or visit crafthouston.org.

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40 CHANCES: FINDING HOPE IN A HUNGRY WORLD – THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF HOWARD G. BUFFETT AT THE HEALTH MUSEUM

The John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science has welcomed its latest exhibit 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World – The Photography of Howard G. Buffett. The traveling exhibit features the work of Buffett, a philanthropist and farmer, as he traveled more than 135 countries capturing the powerful forces that fuel hunger and poverty, and is curated by the Newseum.

40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World will be on display at The Health Museum through Jan. 1. Access to 40 Chances is included in the regular price of admission.

Interactive, educational programming such as thinktank activities, including origami gardening, water purification, and how to maintain a healthy diet with survival food from around the world will also be available for museum attendees of all ages as part of the 40 Chances exhibition. These hands-on activities are designed to engage museum attendees in developing practical solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

Buffett’s photographs illustrate the causes and effects of hunger on five continents and reflect his belief that hunger is intertwined with poverty, fear, war and conflict, and lack of opportunity for women. The exhibit also includes an original Newseum film featuring Buffett and his work, as well as an interactive kiosk highlighting organizations that are working to combat hunger.

The exhibit also highlights images by Heidi Levine, winner of the International Women’s Media Founda­tion’s first Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojour­nalism Award, dedicated to the Associated Press photographer who was killed in Afghanistan in 2014 after a career covering global issues. Levine, a freelance photojournalist, has spent her career covering conflict in the Middle East. The Howard G. Buffett Foundation works with the International Women’s Media Founda­tion to support the work of journalists reporting on hunger, poverty and violence around the globe.

For more information, visit thehealthmuseum.org.

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A.D. PLAYERS PRESENTS ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, NOV. 3-5

The A.D. Players Theater Arts Academy presents Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring on Friday, Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 4 at 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 5 at 2:30 p.m. All performances will be at the Jeannette and L.M. George Theater. For tickets or more information call 713-526-2721 or email boxoffice@adplayers.org.

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FALL HAPPENINGS AT THE HOUSTON ARBORETUM & NATURE CENTER

Celebrate the return of cooler fall weather by exploring the 155-acre nature sanctuary at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center. With five miles of walking trails accessible free of charge, observation decks, and an indoor Discovery Room, this urban oasis is the perfect place to relax and recharge.

Special events include the following:

The Secret Life of Squirrels, Saturday, Nov. 4, 9:30 -11:30 a.m. Squirrels are so common that we take them for granted, but they really live fascinating lives. These adaptable creatures can be found worldwide in many habitats, from rainforests to deserts. In this class, instructor Kelsey Low discusses the anatomy, ecology, and behavior of the three Houston species. You’ll also go home with a squirrel feeder, so you can study these amazing creatures up close. Ages 13 and up.

Canepole Fishing, Saturday, Nov. 4; 1, 2 or 3 p.m. Enjoy this rare opportunity for catch-and-release fishing at the Arboretum. First, you’ll learn the basics of baiting a hook and using a traditional cane pole. Then have fun trying to catch one of the many freshwater fish species, identifying turtles and learning how much fun it is to be an angler. $25 member / $50 nonmember (per adult/child pair).

A Taste of Honey – Saturday, Nov. 11, 6-8 p.m. Celebrate the fall harvest with the sweet taste of honey. Local beekeeper Nicole Buergers offers a guided honey tasting while she answers your questions about bees and honey. You’ll enjoy a sample of mead (honey wine) and a selection of fruits and cheeses, along with Saint Arnold beer and Katz Coffee. Support local honey producers and pollinator conservation. $40 member / $65 nonmember. Ages 16 and up.

DIY Paper, Saturday, Nov. 18, 1-3 p.m. Add a personal touch to your holiday gifts with beautiful, homemade paper. Make your own recycled paper for cards, ornaments and even special seed paper to plant in the garden. Everything you need to make paper, including the option to make special paper shapes for cards, gift tags or ornaments, is provided. $20 member / $35 nonmember. Ages 16 and up.

For more information about the trails, go to houstonarboretum.org/visit/plan-your-visit/trails. For a complete list of classes, visit houstonarboretum.org.

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ANNUAL HOUSTON BALLET NUTCRACKER MARKET, NOV. 8-12

Shoppers will kick off the holidays at the 37th annual Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market “Rockin’ and Shoppin’” at NRG Center from Nov. 8-12. Over 280 merchants from across the country will participate and showcase their unique gift items, including home décor, gourmet food, apparel, toys, candles, jewelry, novelties, accessories and more.

Since 1981, the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market has grown from humble beginnings as a church bazaar, to being the second-largest charity event at NRG Park. As is tradition each year, the Market takes on a new theme and this year’s “Rockin’ and Shop­pin’” was carefully selected by Market chairman Myrna Fisch. The theme celebrates the shopping experience Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market provides and the fun cultural experience this event creates for shoppers and the Houston community.

Ten percent of all merchandise sales, plus the proceeds from admission and special event tickets, stays right here in Houston supporting the various programs of Houston Ballet and its Academy.

Over 45 new merchants will make their debut at the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market. This year’s new items include decorative Santas from the new Santa Barre, custom-made wreaths for any occasion, interactive crawfish boil sets for kids, vibrant high-quality Native and American jewelry pieces, homemade baked dog treats, and baking and serving options for elegant and casual entertaining, just in time for the holidays.

General admission tickets are now on sale online at Ticketmaster and at all Randalls locations across Houston. Special event tickets (Wells Fargo Preview Party, Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Show and Luncheon, Macy’s Fashion Show and Luncheon), Early Bird and group sale general admission tickets can be purchased now by calling 713-535-3231.

Market days and hours are Thursday-Friday, Nov. 9 and 10, 10 a.m. -8 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 11 and 12, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

For more information, visit NutcrackerMarket.com.

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NORWEGIAN CHRISTMAS BAZAAR, NOV. 10-12

Take a trip to Norway in Houston on Nov. 10-12 at the Norwegian Christmas Bazaar held at the Norwe­gian Seamen’s Church, 4309 Young Street, Pasadena.

Unique holiday gifts, such as Scandinavian Christ­mas decorations, trolls, Nisser, Swedish linens and Norwegian jewelry, will be available for purchase, along with raffle prizes and a silent auction. On Saturday, enjoy folk dancing. Visit the bakery for Norwegian speciality cookies and breads and a wide selection of Scandinavian foods. Have lunch in the cafeteria, where you can enjoy open-faced sandwiches and cream cakes.

Event hours are Friday, Nov. 10, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 12, noon-4 p.m. For more information, call 281-998-8366.

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HOLOCAUST MUSEUM LIBRARY HOSTS NEW BOOK CLUB

Grab a fellow book lover and join Holocaust Museum Houston’s The Boniuk Library Book Club, featuring popular books set to the backdrop of the Holocaust. This new book club will meet monthly at the Museum’s Morgan Family Center, located at 5401 Caroline St. in the Museum District, to share conversation about each read.

Admission to The Boniuk Library Book Club is free, but registration is required and seating is limited. Visit hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online or contact Maria Harris at 713-942-8000, x110 or library@hmh.org to add your name to an interest list.

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TRAVIS MANION FOUNDATION’S 9/11 HEROES RUN 5K, NOV. 11

The Travis Manion Foundation (TMF), one the nation’s leading veterans advocacy organizations, will assist Houston in its recovery efforts by uniting veterans, first responders and inspired civilians.

TMF has rescheduled its annual 9/11 Heroes Run in Houston – originally set to take place on Sept. 9, but postponed due to Hurricane Harvey. The event will now take place on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

TMF will dedicate all proceeds from the race to support relief efforts in Houston, which will include funding a TMF Service Expedition. The Expedition will take place in Spring 2018, and will see veterans and families of the fallen from across the country come together to assist with rebuilding the city of Houston. TMF’s 9/11 Heroes Run 5K race series will be hosted in more than 50 domestic and international locations, and will unite more than 50,000 participants to honor the sacrifices of our veterans, active duty military, first responders, and civilians who were affected by the attacks on 9/11 and in the wars since.

To further highlight the support towards Houston’s recover efforts, donations will be collected and a Texas flag will be carried at every 9/11 Heroes Run across the country this month. Notes of support will then be attached to the flag at the end of each run, before they are shipped to the Houston. Every Texas flag from across the country will then be displayed at the Houston 9/11 Heroes Run.

The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Houston’s City Hall, 901 Bagby St. For information, email houston@911heroesrun.org or visit travismanion.org/community-engagement/911-heroes-run/2017-houston-tx.

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Guests at Canned Acoustica are encouraged to bring canned food items to support Houston Food Bank.

DISCOVERY GREEN REVITALIZES CANNED ACOUSTICA UNPLUGGED, NOV. 12

Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney Street, hosts Canned Acoustica on the Lynda L. Transier Bandstand and the Grace Event Lawn as part of the Xfinity Entertainment Series on Nov. 12. This much-loved Houston series features area musical acts in unplugged concerts. Canned Acoustica will feature 30footFALL, Stephanie Rice (of Colonial Blue), Say Girl Say, Mind Shrine and Dead to the World.

For Canned Acoustica, Houston promoter and manager Mark C. Austin challenges bands to rearrange and reimagine songs using only acoustic instruments, resulting in unique, intimate performances. Each concert features five local or regional bands representing a mix of genres including rap, metal, Latin, indie, rock and soul. The original series featured six concerts between 2010 and 2012 and featured performers including The Suffers, Fat Tony and the Tontons.

“Since Canned Acoustica went on hiatus in 2012, I often get asked to bring the series back to life,” said Austin. “Discovery Green’s small stage is an ideal setting for these intimate acoustic sets, performed by some of the best bands from the Houston area.”

Guests are encouraged to bring a canned food item to be donated to the Houston Food Bank. Limited edition Canned Acoustica t-shirts will be available, with proceeds benefitting Discovery Green Conservancy’s music education programs. Food and drinks will be available on site, provided by The Grove.

Discovery Green’s programming is funded in part by a grant from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.

Admission is free. Donations of canned food items are encouraged. Visit discoverygreen.com for additional details and event updates.

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THE SALVATION ARMY ANNUAL LUNCHEON, NOV. 15

The Salvation Army Annual Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. at the River Oaks Country Club, 1600 River Oaks Blvd.

The keynote speaker is Major Dan “Noonan” Rooney, Air Force pilot and PGA golf professional, and event honorees are William Slick Jr. and Sally Slick. Co-chairs are Jeffrey and Elizabeth Early.

Tickets are priced at $300 and all proceeds raised will benefit the various programs and services of The Salvation Army. Contact Lisa Garces at 832-201-8016 or lisa.garces@uss.salvationarmy.org for tickets or more information.

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HOUSTON SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES FURTHER PERFORMANCE CHANGES

The Houston Symphony has announced the cancelation of the second program in the 2017-18 BBVA Compass POPS Series and a date change for the first concert of the 2017-18 Family Series due to ongoing repairs necessary to reopen Jones Hall in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Superhero Soundtrack was originally scheduled to take place October 6, 7 and 8 at Jones Hall with guest conductor Stuart Chafetz. Due to the impact of the storm on the Houston Symphony’s performance venue, the 2017-18 BBVA Compass POPS Series will now kick off on November 10-12 with Broadway Today. In addition to featuring Betsy Wolf, current star of the hit Broadway show Waitress, the concerts also feature Tony nominee Jeremy Jordan, best known for the roles of Jack Kelly in the musical Newsies and Toyman on the DC Comics-based superhero drama series Supergirl.

Hook’d: Pirates in Concert!, originally scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 7 at Jones Hall, will now take place Saturday, Nov. 11, at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., at Jones Hall. The concerts will be led by Houston Symphony Associate Conductor Robert Franz. All programming details will remain the same.

The Theater District Parking Garage will be closed indefinitely due to ongoing repairs as a result of Hurricane Harvey. Patrons will be contacted prior to the performances with alternate parking options.
Due to the flooding at Jones Hall, the Patron Services Center has been relocated to a temporary space,
and in-person sales are not available at this time. For more information, visit houstonsymphony.org or call (713) 224-7575.

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The Color Condition, In The Trees; Courtesy of the Artists.

THE COLOR CONDITION BRINGS ARCADE TO AVENIDA HOUSTON, THROUGH NOV. 15

Discovery Green and Houston First Corporation have teamed up to present a series of site-specific installations that will delight downtown visitors this fall. Arcade, a series of dynamic streamer sculptures by noted Texas-based artist duo Sunny Sliger and Marianne Newsom of The Color Condition, brings explosive hues and whimsy to Avenida Houston and will be on view through Nov. 15.

The Color Condition considers the idea of “play” throughout Arcade, which consists of three separate installations that create a dialogue between sections of the Avenida Houston campus. The works – made from strips of table cloths, shower curtains and painters drop cloth – respond to the environment, creating new colors as the light changes and new patterns with each gust of wind. Arcade is the artists’ Houston debut and their largest commission since The Color Condition was established in 2010.

Hopscotch uses Discovery Green’s loblolly pine trees to create a dense overhead passageway extending the length of Maconda’s Grove; picking up or “hopping” across the street, a mirroring installation will hang over The Wharf, which serves as the “front porch” of the George R. Brown Convention Center. The two sculptures will come alive at night with LED lights, creating a luminous, colorful canopy. Double Dutch will be playfully suspended above three lanes of Avenida de las Americas, between the park and the George R. Brown. Red Rover skirts light poles across the entire front of the George R. Brown with punches of color, enticing park visitors to “come over.”

More information is at discoverygreen.com/color.

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HOUSTON GRAND OPERA PRESENTS THE HOUSE WITHOUT A CHRISTMAS TREE, NOV. 30-DEC. 17

Producer James Robinson

Houston Grand Opera continues its annual holiday opera series with the world premiere of The House without a Christmas Tree from the sought-after composer/librettist team of Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek, based on the story by Gail Rock and beloved 1972 television film of the same name.

Soprano and HGO Studio alumna Lauren Snouffer stars as the precocious daughter Addie Mills, who struggles to understand why her father, played by baritone and HGO Studio alumnus Daniel Belcher, so strongly resents the holidays. The role of Grandma Mills will be sung by soprano Patricia Schuman.

This production will now be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center instead of the Wortham Theater. For tickets and more information, visit houstongrandopera.org or call 713-228-6737.

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The Thanksgiving Day Parade runs from 9-11 a.m. and winds through the streets of Downtown.

68TH ANNUAL H-E-B THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE, NOV. 23

Join H-E-B to kick-off the holiday season on Thursday, Nov. 23 with the 68th Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade – a stunning showcase of sensational floats, high-flying balloons, marching bands and live entertainment.

Houston’s Thanksgiving Day Parade began in 1949, when Santa arrived at Union Station and rode his sleigh to the downtown Houston Foley’s department store. Since then, the Thanksgiving Day parade has gone through a few changes, but it remains a 68-year-old holiday tradition showcasing the Houston community and entertaining thousands of parade-goers lining the streets on Thanksgiving morning.

The Parade begins at 9 a.m. winding through 20 blocks of downtown Houston beginning at Smith and Lamar, moving north to Walker, east to Milam, south to Pease, west to Louisiana, north to Clay, west to Smith, and north to end at Smith and Dallas. The event will end at 11 a.m.

A limited amount of seats are available at the parade’s starting line, and can be purchased through the website. Visit houstonthanksgivingparade.org for more information.

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Hearth, Heart, Home: Skara Brae’s Early Stone Age Dwellings will be presented on Feb. 20.

ARCHAEOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF AMERICA, HOUSTON SOCIETY 50TH ANNIVERSARY EVENTS, THROUGH FEBRUARY

The Archaeological Institute of America, Houston Society presents its 2017-2018 season of engaging lectures, family events, neighborhood programs, and tours of Gulf Coast areas that share the stories of the past and present.

The core of the Houston Society’s programming is its signature Discover Lecture Series. Renowned speakers share their knowledge for a general audience on topics as diverse as humanity’s journey out of Africa; the discovery of native plants for medical use; and what a Neolithic site can teach about the meaning of home. The Anniversary Season also honors the three founders of the Houston Society: Dominique de Menil, Philip Oliver-Smith, and Walter Widrig.

For a complete list of Discover Lecture Series events, visit houstonarchaeology.info.

Roots of Indigenous Knowledge: Medicinal Plants for Tomorrow with Dr. Maria Fadiman, Associate Professor, Florida Atlantic University; Houston Museum of Natural Science, Nov. 6, 6:30 p.m.

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THE HOUSTON CHORAL SOCIETYANNOUNCES 2017-2018 SEASON

Led by Artistic Director Dr. Kevin Klotz, the Houston Choral Society (HCS) announces its versatile and engaging 2017-2018 season. “We are providing our audiences with a wide variety of musical genres this year. We will have German folk music and waltzes, Spanish carols, Broadway favorites and The Lord Nelson Mass. There is something for everyone to enjoy in our 2017-2018 season,” says Klotz.

Season subscriptions are now on sale. Season subscribers save 15 percent for four concerts. Season tickets are $85 for adults, $65 for seniors/students and $30 for children 5 years old and under. Season tickets are available online at houstonchoral.org.

Home for the Holidays: Saturday, Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. In addition to your favorite Christmas songs, audience sing-alongs and Santa Claus, HCS is featuring Conrad Susa’s Carols and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest, a collection of beautiful and well-loved Spanish carols set for chorus, soloists, harp, guitar and marimba. Matinee and evening concerts are both on Saturday.

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Event co-chairs (l-r) are Dee Dee Robinson (Tanglewood) and Laura Williams (Memorial) .

TRI DELTA HOUSTON CHAPTER’S THE SALE, JAN. 6-7

“Shop ‘til you drop” will take on new meaning when Houston’s finest boutiques take center stage at the SALE, a two-day charity shopping event scheduled for Jan. 6-7 at Bayou City Event Center, 9401 Knight Road. Presented by Houston Tri Delta Alumnae, the SALE features boutique shopping at rock-bottom prices with proceeds benefiting Texas Children’s Cancer Center. Now in its fourth year, the SALE has provided over $500,000 to support pediatric cancer research in the Texas Medical Center.

Co-chairs Laura Williams and Dee Dee Robinson said the SALE is one-stop shopping for incredible bargains from Houston’s finest boutiques – and all for a great cause.

“The SALE brings together dozens of Houston’s finest retailers, offering deeply discounted merchandise under one roof,” said Williams. “From high fashion, rodeo wear, antiques and home goods, there is something for everyone, and it all supports pediatric cancer research right here in Houston.”

Over 50 retailers will be participating offering designer clothing, jewelry, shoes and accessories for women, children and men, along with gifts and home décor. Participating vendors include a bientôt, Anna Irion, Back Row Home, Dimensions, Elaine Turner, Fig Tree, Hunter Bell, Jeanette, A Unique Boutique, KB Kasuals, M. Wiesenthal, Monica Haff Designs, Patricia Peckinpaugh, Pinto Ranch, Presmer, Raspberry Rose and Tres Chic.

The SALE is open to the public Saturday, Jan. 6, noon-5 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 7, noon-4 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. A Champagne Shopping Preview will take place Saturday, Jan. 6 from 10:30 a.m.-noon. Tickets are $150 per person. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit thesalehouston.com.


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